Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by weight loss (or lack of appropriate weight gain in growing children); difficulties maintaining an appropriate body weight for height, age, and stature; and, in many individuals, distorted body image. People with Anorexia generally restrict the number of calories and the types of food they eat. Some people with the disorder also exercise compulsively, purge via vomiting and laxatives, and/or binge eat. Here’s what Ayurveda has to say about this eating disorder.
Anorexia is the technical term for the condition where the individual suffers a loss of taste in food and loss of appetite. He dislikes food. The modern science does not recognize this condition as an individual disease, it is commonly felt in many diseased conditions as a symptom. Ayurveda possesses detailed description regarding this particular illness.The cardinal features of this condition are loss of desire for food or absence of inclination (distaste) for food, even which may be of one’s own liking.In Ayurvedic terms, the condition is called as Aruchi. A means absence, Ruchi means taste (in food).
Reasons for loss of taste:
1. Excess intake of heavy and unctuous (oily) food
2. Indigestion and loss of digestive fire (digestion strength)
3. Psychological causes like grief, fear, stress, dissatisfaction etc.
4. Secondary to worm infestation, anaemia, jaundice, Kapahaja disorders etc.
5. Long persisting illness
6. Food poisoning
7. Incompatible food, unwholesome or polluted food intake etc.
Cure Anorexia Naturally
Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng): Ashwagandha is the best herb that helps in gaining weight and increasing appetite. This herb gives the strength to the nervous system and detoxifies the body by improving the digestive system. It improves the psychological causes of Anorexia.
Black Pepper: This is a digestive stimulant. It helps with digestion in the stomach and stimulates the liver to produce more bile salts to emulsify the fats in the intestines. It corrects the digestion of fats and carbs. It stimulates appetite and suggests the brain to eat more. Therefore, black pepper is an effective cure for Anorexia.
Rock Salt:Rock salt is a remedy to treat Anorexia. It calls forth the appetite, and let the individual feel hungry. It is also a digestive Ayurvedic medicine for indigestion, flatulence and gas.
Cardamom: This contains some essential oils that work as a digestive stimulant and an appetizer. It also works on the brain and reduces stress and mental fatigue. It treats the Anorexia associated mental disorders.
Nagarmotha (Cyperus rotundus): This is also called nut grass. It contains essential oils, Trepenoids, Cadalene, Calmenene active principles. Nagarmotha is carminative, analgesic, diuretic, anthelminthic, anti-dysentric and anti-inflammatory. It induces the desire to eat and stimulates appetite and so it is beneficial in Anorexia.
Vacha (Acorus calamus): This is used in mental and psychological disorders including Anorexia. It acts on the brain and stimulates the desire to eat.
Hing (Asafoetida): This is used in a variety of diseases, including digestive ailment such as indigestion, loss of appetite and Anorexia. It acts on digestive system due to its digestive stimulatory effects.
Fresh lemon is very helpful for this type of disorder. Squeezing some lemon in a glass of water and adding some sugar and salt to it will make a healthy drink to have before a meal in order to get relief from this disorder.
Source: Ayurveda Desk